Floating hotel hits problems ahead of Winter Olympics

10 February 2010 06:21

Floating hotel hits problems ahead of Winter Olympics

Holidaymakers hoping to head to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics later this week may need to check the terms of their travel insurance cover after one cruise ship revealed it is running into trouble with financing.

Newwest Special Projects' plan to use the Norwegian Star cruise ship as a floating hotel could have fallen through after not enough people took up the offer, leaving those who have already paid money potentially stranded.

It is due to head out of Los Angeles to north Vancouver in the next few days, but the venture may not go ahead if costs for the boat, an expensive temporary cruise terminal and Canadian workers' visas cannot be matched by ticket sales.

The company issued a statement saying: "Our sales have not been what we had hoped for and our expenses have increased beyond what we ever expected. We are negotiating with all of the parties involved with this project."

If the ship does not make it out of the dock, however, there are still many accommodation opportunities available in Vancouver, according to Tourism Whistler.

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